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this morning on "early today," a working holiday. the nation's ailing job force is front and center for president obama on this labor day. gathering the clues. a key piece of evidence surfaces in the gulf oil disaster. and good news and bad news. new hopes and new hurdles for and good news and bad news. new hopes and new hurdles for trapped chilean miners. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with laboring on labor day. as much of the nation takes the day off to celebrate this labor day, president obama will be working instead, talking up his plan to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president
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obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union lieders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that will doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could have a big impact on november's elections. democrats are fighting to maintain control, hammered by
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republicans who blame them for joblessness in america. and the president will h hold a rare news conference this week where jobs will likely be the number one issue. from kapt capitol hill, i'm tracie potts. lynn? >> thanks so much. p. in louisiana, pearl investigators will begin examining a key piece of evidence in the government's attempt to get to the bottom of the gulf oil disaster. bp successfully retrieved its failed blowout preventer and put in a new one. however this labor day, there's still more work to be done. francis coe has more. >> reporter: it will be the start of major work at the site of the worst environmental disaster. >> we should be able to move forward again sometime this next week. >> reporter: the permanent plugging of the welcomes as officials say the danger of another leak goes away. >> if this well does not cops tut a threat to the gulf of mexico at this point. >> reporter: sealing the well is
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just one task at hand. the other is the investigation which took a crucial step over the weekend. bp crews hoisted the failed blowout preventer, a 300-ton, 50 foot tall piece of evidence, now headed to a nasa facility in louisiana for analysis. >> knowing that we have this stack on surface and the investigation moving forward, everybody's going to understand what has taken place. >> reporter: bp's well site leader says finding answers helps honor the 11 men who died. >> they deserve this. they deserve this to come up and we need to find out not only for them and their memories, but for the industry because i know that they would want it no other way. >> reporter: a hope for answers to the ranlgdy that's also shared by many along this battered gulf coast. frances coe, nbc news. here's a look at other stories making news. in maryland, a construction worker is in stable condition after he was trapped and
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partially buried in a collapsed trench for two hours. three others who managed to escape were only able to pull him up to his waist. fortunately firefighters arrived and worked quickly to free the man. in pennsylvania, a labor day picnic was cut short when an elevated deck gave way and crashed 22 feet it to the ground injuring six adults and one child. officials are work to go determine what caused it to collapse. some speculate the age of the structure may be to blame. and it was an impressive showdown at the national buffalo wing festival in new york. champion eater joey chestnut headlined a chicken wing eating contest going up against five member teams to devour the most wings in seven minutes. in the end, the professional eater couldn't gobble up the competent it igs but placed a respectable second eating just under 30 pounds. i'm sure that's going well with your cereal. now for a look at your national
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and regional weather, here's scott williams with the weather channel forecast. good morning to you, scott. good to see you. good to see you, too. good morning. on this maybe day, taking a look at the weather where you live and certainly we're finding cooler temperatures to start here in parts of the northeast and new england, boston right now 62 degrees. new york city, 61. washington, d.c., 63. and atlanta, checking in at 68. we still have the heat, however, as we move out into the southwest, phoenix 93, and cooler temperatures in the pacific northwest. now, as far as the moisture across the country, we are watching several areas here especially the high plains around the great lakes and also watching tropical moisture in the southern gulf of mexico. that is a tropical depression that we'll have to watch it could become hermine, but it will bring squally concerns in to south text. today new york 81, washington, d.c. looking good at 84. atlanta, 89. dallas, about 93 degree positive your high temperature.
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cloudy, cool, rainy in the pacific northwest, but look for high temperatures right around 62 degrees. so that's your labor day forecast. back to work here as we move in to your tuesday. looking unsettled here in the lone star state, showers a thunderstorms continue to cool seattle. new england, temperatures will h warm up. that's a look at the weather across the country. here's a look at the weather closer to where you live. temperature-wise, in philadelphia for today, 83 degrees. tampa, scattered showers and thunderstorms, 91. as we look at chicago, not too bad, but we will see some clouds across the country and memphis, look for highs right around 91 degrees. that's a look at the weather where you live. lynn, back to you. >> scott, thanks so much. well, the issues ahead this week on wall street. and a former hp big shot checks out the competition. your early morning business head lines are straight ahead. plus, the critics learn this weekend at the box office never underestimate the drawing power
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of the heavy weight hollywood star. red sox try to avoid a sweep, a bizarre ending for the rangers, and a tradition that has ruffled a few feathers. you're watching "early today."
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>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. less than a week after the u.s. declared the end of combat operations in iraq, american troops opened fire on suicide bombers who assaulted a baghdad army base yesterday. the fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. most of them iraqi soldiers. guatemala is observing a national day of mourning today after torrential rains caused landslides that killed at least 38 people over the weekend. authorities expect that death toll to rise as rescuers search for survivorses under walls of mud and rock. new documents show that 33
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miners trapped half a mile below the surface in chile may be rescued as early as november. that's like lie little comfort for the men who yesterday marked exactly one month since they were caved in. there are reports the men have to send up a note designating who should get their $1600 salary for august and any donations since some relatives are engaged in bitter disputes over that money. wall street is off today for the hole day, but here's an early look at how trading endeded friday heading into the long weekend. the can dow closed at 10,447 after gaining 127 points. the s&p rose 14 and the nasdaq added 14. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in toek york the nikkei jumped 187 while in hong kong, the hang seng climbed 384. investors saying so long to summer, trying to figure out what direction the american economy is headed in.
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traders breathed a big sigh of relief friday after highly anticipated job figures showed the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, much less than most analysts expected. while unemployment rose to 9.6%, the private sector created 67,000 new jobs, which together with last week's upbeat manufacturing news justified at least a little modest optimism. jobs will take center stage again this week with the weekly report on first time jobless claims, which has fallen for two weeks in a row, and the job openings and labor turnover survey which shows what sectors are hiring. also center stage this week, president obama and his plans for jump-starting the economy. he's promised to unveil a new package of job creation measures designed to stimulate even more hiring. one feature expected, business tax credits. elsewhere, the fed's beige book is out wednesday.
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that's the federal reserve's monthly survey of economic conditions around the nation. that will be followed thursday by international trade figures for july. reports say mark hurd, who was forced to resign as hewlett-packard ceo last month after an investigation into sexual harassment found he manipulated expenses is in talks with rival ocht racle to take a top executive position there. and finally power to the people. a german court has ruled a company that fired a plan for the theft of two cents worth of electricity has no grounds to and must reinstate him. the man lost his job after using the firm's power to charge his segway for an hour and a half. coming up, a hail mary that actually worked. the twins win on a rule book finish. and the sox take on the sox. plus the marlins snag a thrilling win depends the braves. your early morning stort sports headlines are straight ahead.
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plus get your labor day forecast. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, the boston red sox hosted the chicago white sox
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yesterday. and of course i have the sogs on this one. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. last week the chicago white sox took a chance on manny ramirez. now they're riding a six game win streak after sweeping the red sox. down to its final out in the ninth. rbi single to center tied it at 5. moments later, sacks full and the white sox took the lead, went on to win it 7-5 for their first sweep at fenway in 19 years. rangers and twins. texas down two. sacks full in the ninth. ground ball. everybody was safe. hudson saw michael young wandering, got him to end the game. but here's the controversy. the umpire called him out because he touched his third base coach. ball game over. here's the replay. looked like he was right. a very slight touch, none the let less, they made contact.
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incredible grab. however, two runs tag on the play and tied the game at six. stayed that way until the tenth. scott kuz ins had never had a major league hit up now. marlins won it 7-6. another great finish, this time in college football. final play of the game, east carolina needing a touchdown for the win. davis threw up a prayer and it was answered. just tip jones came down with the ball. east carolina beat tulsa on a 33 yard hail mary. nfl new, after a seven month holdout, the jets have finally come to terms with toddarrelle revis. he degreed to a deal with the team. and finally that oregon ducks mascot, saturday was a busy day. every time oregon scores, he does pushups to equal their point total. how bad was it? oregon beat new mexico 72-0. can do the math. 506 pushups before after the game he was asked how he felt.
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ducky was too exhausted, he couldn't even manage a quack. that's your early look at sports on on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> announcer: "early today" sports is brought to you by ice blue aqua vel are a. men get it. who is on top and who is a flop at the box office this long holiday weekend? your early morning entertainment headlines are are straight ahead. plus, a vietnamese boy gets some much needed help in america and makes some friends while he's at it. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." i'm meteorologist scott williams. as we take a look in the gulf of mexico, we watching tropical depression number 10, so a lot of showers and storms will be moving in to mexico, also south texts as. so plan ahead here. looks like a wet day around brownsville, also up to corpus christi and some of this moisture will continue to string inland. the radar, fairly quiet along the eastern seaboard. watching showers around the great lakes. also into the high plains. and temperatures to start are cool in the northeast, but later today, looking mice here with highs topping out in the 80s. and your event of the day, we'll go into new orleans. if you're watching us at wdsu, it's fins and grains at the audubon nature institute as the aquarium celebrates it 20th anniversary all with cake, balloon, clowns and even some
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fishy face paint. and that's your "early today" event of the day. lynn, back to you. now here's an early look at this morning's headline misentertainment. with one more day to go in the four day holiday weekend, the so-called experts are getting ready to eat some crow. the georgia clooney thriller the american, which experts wrote off after luke warm reviews and a soft mid week opening is leading the pack right now with just under $13 million. by tomorrow, it should reach roughly $16 million for the four day holiday, which looks like it would be enough to claim the top spot. last weekend's winner, takers, showed more stamina than expected. currently in second with $11.5 million, looking at a likely $14 million finish for the holiday. the revenge thrill er machete i running third with just over $11 million and h likely h h finish with around $14 million, as well. and finally big holiday flop
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this year, going the distance. currently fifth with less than $7 million. i don't know why we call them experts because they got nothing right. and actually, scott, you're lucky that you're in for bill today because i was going to give him a hard time. he was the one that encouraged me not to see the george clooney movie. and it's going to be number one. >> go figure right? >> bill just runs and hides when stuff like that happens. he called you up last night like 1:00 saying get in here? >> yeah, exactly. >> did you see anything in weekend? >> no, i didn't, but if you're not going to the beach or if you're not going to have that backyard barbeque, looks -- >> there's plenty to choose from, right? this comes to us from rochester, minnesota where one boy took his first step toward normal life. with the assistance of a local church group, the 6-year-old from vietnam was fitted with his first prosthetic leg. he was born with a condition
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where the bone in one of his legs stopped growing. but now he's standing upright, looking forward to his first day of school and running with his friends. what a cutie. >> yeah that's a great story. >> always a great way to end our show, send people off to their busy day knowing that there's someone out there that can be very thankful. well, i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station.
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4:28 is your time, it is 63 degrees out there, a nice start to your labor day. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm craig melvin in for joe krebs and we are laboring. >> we are. >> thanks for being here. >> this is very early zbh it is a great time to be up. >> thank you so much. we begin this morning attacked robbed and beaten, happening to university of maryland students during what police are calling crime time. there have been four ins departments since school started. they want to know if a roving band of robbers behind it all. >> reporter: a university of
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maryland student was attacked by four men while walking near the intersection of princeton avenue about 2:00 saturday morning. they took the money out of the man's wallet and left him injured on the ground a few blocks from campus. >> very scary. very thankful that i've never been approached by anyone or any of my friends, thank god. i don't know what i would do. it's pretty terrifying. >> reporter: >> reporter: this was the latest in off-campus robberies. police are not sure if they are hinged. >> since school has started back, we've had four incidents where victims have been robbed, either in late evening hours or early morning hours. in each of the cases we haven't had definitive ngs that links them all together yet. >> reporter: police are warning


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